July 2014 - NM Local Food News
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July Meeting | School Gardens Update with FoodCorps & APS Growing Gardens Team 

Join us on Wednesday, July 9th to learn how FoodCorps and APS Growing Gardens Team are continuing to help grow healthy kids through experiential education in gardens and more. Last year's school gardens meeting shed light on the programming at more than 60 school gardens in the greater Albuquerque area. We now have at least 79 school gardens in Albuquerque. What's next for these outdoor classrooms in the 2014-2015 school year and beyond? Join us on the 9th as Natalie Donnelly of FoodCorps shares news about the new 3rd grade curriculum development, the revised APS School Gardens Handbook, the school gardens survey results and more!

As always, this meeting is free and open to the public.
  • When:  Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 9am to 10:30am
  • Where:  East San Jose Elementary School at 415 Thaxton Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
  • NOTE:  Please sign in at the front entrance first and then make your way to the garden in the southwest of campus.   
  • Questions? Contact Tiffany at or (505) 724-3619.

Youth Leadership Summit "Rooted in Community" Coming Soon to Albuquerque

Information shared by Natalie Donnelly of FoodCorps & Travis McKenzie of Grow the Future

Albuquerque will be hosting the 16th annual, youth-led "Rooted In Community" (RIC) Youth Leadership Summit.  RIC promotes nationwide collaboration between youth-leadership-focused, food justice and sovereignty groups.  Young leaders (ages 13-24) are excited to build off the momentum of grassroots leadership, cultural resilience, and food freedom work of this region to amplify youth voice for transforming our food system and society. Past summits have been held in Ames, Iowa and Los Angeles, California.

We would like to invite everyone to be a part of this amazing Youth Leadership Summit. The theme for this year is "Rooted in Culture, Growing the Future." The conference runs from July 16th through July 20th in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Registration closed on July 1st, but you can read on to learn how you can participate and support this important youth-led event.   

Volunteers are still needed!
You can help make this event come together! We are searching for volunteers to help:
  • fundraise for youth sponsorships,
  • chaperone during the conference,
  • provide other volunteer assistance during the conference, and/or
  • help with pre-conference logistics.
We are also accepting donations to help support the Summit, so please contact Natalie at or 802-345-1592. Donations are tax-deductible.

Open to the Public on 7/19:  Youth March + Panel on Community Issues & Solutions
Saturday, July 19th will be a Day of Action starting with a "Youth March for Justice" at 12pm from the Downtown Growers Market (Robinson Park at 8th and Central in Downtown Albuquerque) to Warehouse 508 (508 1st St. NW, Albuquerque). At 2:30pm, Warehouse 508 will host a local and national youth panel addressing issues and providing solutions in the youths' communities. 

Please contact Natalie Donnelly at  if you are interested in volunteering, donating or learning more!

You can also visit the event page on Facebook to keep up with the latest RIC Summit news! 

Local Food and Ag News


Seed Library Opens at Juan Tabo Branch

Over 200 seeds are now available through a new service at the Juan Tabo Branch of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library. Many community organizations partnered to bring this project to fruition. Read the Alibi article to learn more.

Skarsgard Farms Finds New Home

Skarsgard Farm announces exciting plans to sell their current 16 acres of farmland and begin expanding operations with the lease of 85 acres from another private South Valley landowner. According to the "Farmer’s Journal," they hope to begin moving to their new location this winter in time for next spring. For a limited time, you can read more about their anticipated move here.

Edible Santa Fe Highlights MRCOG Local Food Planner, Tiffany Terry 

As coordinator of the Agriculture Collaborative and LandLink of Central New Mexico, Tiffany Terry does a lot of behind-the-scenes work to promote local food production. For the full article, and to learn more about these programs, visit the Edible Santa Fe website and read more.

Old Windmill Dairy Launches "Power Cheese, Shade Goats" Crowdfunding Campaign 

Local favorites, Old Windmill Dairy--producers of delicious goat and cow cheese products out of Estancia--are looking to reduce their carbon footprint and their electric bill by going solar. Dairies use a lot of electricity; even at Old Windmill, it is their biggest expense. Through their Indiegogo campaign, fans can help this New Mexico dairy realize its green dream and help prevent 33,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

La Montanita Coop News:  International Day of Co-ops, Extra Volume Discount, and Board of Directors
  • July 5th is the International Day of Co-ops. The 2014 theme is "Co-operative enterprises achieve sustainable development for all." Learn more here.
  • Volume Discount! Look for your member owner volume discount coupon in the mail this month and participate in this bonus volume discount shopping opportunity of up to 20% savings at your favorite local LaM Co-op location! 
  • LaM Co-op board elections are nearing! Members can apply now to become a candidate.
Taos Food Center Getting State Funds
Gary Gerew of Albuquerque Business First writes about the financial boost Taos Food Center is receiving to increase its capacity to incubate even more local food entrepreneurs in New Mexico. Read the article here.


National Food and Ag News

USDA News:  "Local Foods, Local Places," New Resources for Beginning Farmers & Online Hay Locator Tool 

Read more about the latest USDA resources for local food producers and supporting organizations:
  • "Local Foods, Local Places" is a federal assistance program. Letters of intent are due July 15th. Read more.
  • Read the June 23rd press release covering the implementation of new Farm Bill measures to improve the financial security of new and beginning farmers and ranchers.
  • Revised online tool helps ranchers locate hay and grazing acres for their herds. Read more

Online Resource for Growers:  Farm Commons 

Farm Commons is a great online resource sent to us by Sarah Wentzel-Fisher, the New Mexico coordinator for National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC). The site includes legal resources and guides in many different formats geared toward growers. According to the Farm Commons website, “We cultivate a community of support and resources for sustainability-minded farmers.” Check out Farm Commons and connect with the Rio Grande Farmers Coalition, our New Mexico branch of the NYFC.  

Featured Apprenticeship Listings:  

Land Needed for "Farm to Food Truck" Business. 

Visit the posting to learn more.

Contact LandLink:
Call 505-724-3619

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